Neumann TLM 102 Mic Brings Legendary Sound Within Reach

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Neumann, manufacturer of the world’s most highly regarded microphones, announces its newest large-diaphragm microphone: the TLM 102. The TLM 102, which is 13 percent smaller than its “big brother,” the TLM 103, delivers legendary Neumann performance in a small and economically attractive package.

The TLM 102 puts outstanding sound quality within the reach of home and project-based recording studios, economically minded broadcast facilities and traveling musicians. The new microphone, which comes in a sleek black or nickel finish, is highly versatile and has several distinguishing characteristics:

At just 116 mm x 52 mm, the TLM 102 literally fits in the palm of your hand making it unobtrusive and easy to transport.

With a maximum SPL of 144 dB and a slight presence peak of 6 kHz, the TLM 102 is ideal for vocals and a variety of instruments, including drums, gui-tar, saxophone and many others.

Its rugged body design and foam-lined grille makes it perfect to take out on the road while eliminating the need of a pop filter.

It is extremely quiet with a very low self-noise (12 dB-A).

Robb Blumenreder, channel manager, professional systems of Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters, commented: “This microphone makes the legendary Neumann sound accessible to an entirely new user base, who is very likely already familiar with the quality and longevity of our brand. While it is the smallest and most economical large diaphragm microphone Neumann has ever manufactured, it has uncompromising sound characteristics and versatility that users will appreciate.”

The foam-lined grille of the TLM 102 helps to naturally reduce harsh “p” and “s” sounds, without the need of a pop filter. In addition, the elastic-mounted capsule helps to reduce the sound of structure-borne noise without the need for an expensive shockmount. The TLM 102 microphone is available now and has an MSRP of $1,020.

Technical Data
Acoustical operating principle Pressure gradient transducer
Directional pattern Cardioid
Frequency range 20 Hz … 20 kHz
Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kΩ 11 mV/Pa
Rated impedance 50 Ω
Rated load impedance 1 kΩ
Equivalent noise level, CCIR(1) 21 dB
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted(1) 12 dB-A
Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR(1) (rel. 94 dB SPL) 73 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted(1) (rel. 94 dB SPL) 82 dB
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%(2) 144 dB
Maximum output voltage 13 dBu
Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) 48 V ± 4 V
Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) 3.5 mA
Matching connector XLR3F
Weight approx. 9.2 oz. (260 g)
Diameter 52 mm
Length 4.6 in. (116 mm)
  1. according to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting acccording to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak; A-weighting according to IEC 61672-1, RMS
  2. measured as equivalent el. input signal

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2 comments on “Neumann TLM 102 Mic Brings Legendary Sound Within Reach”

    • james
    • April 3, 2010

    Checking out new mikes, thanks for the info. bro.

    • 7stjames
    • August 2, 2010

    Hey, mikesgig – is this the very best then? I hope that you will post comparisons – I know it’s a lot of work . . .

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